The 2017 gardening season has officially started in my garden.  The weather so far this spring has been pretty good, with the exception of a very cold spell in early and mid March. About 100 Onion transplants from Dixondale Farms were  planted out ...

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The 2017 Garden Season is Off and Running

The 2017 gardening season has officially started in my garden.  The weather so far this spring has been pretty good, with the exception of a very cold spell in early and mid March.

About 100 Onion transplants from Dixondale Farms were  planted out into the garden around the last week of March.  Lettuce seedlings were transplanted out into the garden on April 8 under a plastic covered hoop. Hopefully I will be able to harvest some of the lettuce leaves in another 10 days.  Pea seeds were planted in the first week of April and radish seeds were planted out the second week of April. Planted seed potatoes (variety Red Norland) out into 8 grow bags on April 9.  I plan on transplanting the kohlrabi, broccoli, and brussels sprout seedlings out into the garden within the next few days.  I have been harvesting the fall planted top setting onions, for green onions, for about a week. Harvest will continue on those for about another 3 weeks or so (see pic below).  I will be moving my pepper seedlings to larger pots very soon. They  will continue to be kept in the cold frame for about another 3 weeks or so. Will also be planting my cucumbers seed in small pots which will also reside in the cold frame until the chance of frost has ended.  Happy Spring Gardening!!

Overwintered Top Setting Green Onions Harvested on April 14, 2017

Top Setting Green Onions Harvested on April 14, 2017

    


Wow, What a Great Fall Garden!

My 2016 Fall Garden has turned out really well!! I started harvesting broccoli about the 3rd week in September, but harvest has ended after the hard freeze of last week. I covered the cabbage, cauliflower, and kohlrabi with row covers and they came through the cold just fine and I am still harvesting them (see pics below). The kohlrabi is giant, with some about double the size of a softball.  Here is what I have been harvesting in the garden this fall:  lettuce, radish, green onions, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, and broccoli. My carrots are not doing all that well this fall, but I do still have them growing under a plastic covered hoop. I should get some harvest from those in about another month or so.  With luck, I should continue to harvest some kohlrabi and cabbage over the next few weeks.  Spring is about 3 months away, but I have already started to receive a few seeds catalogs in the mail.  Happy Late Fall Gardening!!

Giant Kohlrabi Still Growing in the Garden on 11-10-16

Giant Kohlrabi Still Growing in the Garden on 11-10-16

Cauliflower Awaiting Harvest on 11-10-16

Cauliflower Awaiting Harvest on 11-10-16

Kohlrabi and Cabbage Growing in Grow Bags on 11-10-16

Kohlrabi and Cabbage Growing in Grow Bags on 11-10-16

    


Challenging 2016 Growing Season, Fall Garden Planted

It has been a very challenging growing season so far. Many issues have plague my garden this year, from too much rain in the early spring, to too little rain in the middle part of the summer, to flooding rains in August. Also, garden pest and diseases have also been an issue, from cabbage worms and bean beetles, to blackheart on the celery, and septoria leaf  spots on my roma tomatoes. Despite all of these challenges, I have been able to get a fair harvest from my garden.  Overall, harvest has been below normal.  Here are my overall results so far:

Onions: Candy yellow onions did pretty well, Red River red onions, pretty poor
Beans: Derby bush beans below average due to bean beetles and weather. King of the Garden pole lima crop failure. I am leaning toward not growing these anymore as I cannot get the vines to produce beans.
Lettuce: Decent spring harvest.
Peppers: Fair Hot Banana harvest, poor green pepper harvest, fair Poblano and Super Chili harvest so far.
Tomato: Roma tomatoes poor harvest due to leaf disease.
Celery: decent early on but all plants developed blackheart disease and died by early August.
Corn: Silver Queen corn harvest fair.
Cucumber: Diva cucumber harvest fair.
Potato: Red Norland harvest in raised beds was fair, very good in fabric bags.
Broccoli (Spring): Decent
Kohlrabi (Spring): Kossack kohlrabi pretty good, Kohlibri kohlrabi crop failure.
Pea: Mr Big pea, fair harvest.
Radish (spring): fair harvest.

The fall garden is fully planted and growing right now.  The early August planted carrot seeds were washed away with the flooding rains, so I replanted.  Most have now germinated, but the carrots are pretty small right now.  Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kohlrabi seedlings are now growing in the late summer/early fall garden (see pics below).  With decent weather I should have a good fall harvest this year.  The first fall frost is only about 3 to 4 weeks away now.  Happy Fall Gardening!!

Broccoli and Kohlrabi, 9-16-16

Broccoli and Kohlrabi, 9-16-16

Cauliflower "Snow Crown", 9-16-16

Cauliflower “Snow Crown” Hybrid, 9-16-16

Sierra Lettuce Awaiting the First Fall Harvest

Sierra Lettuce, 9-16-16

Broccoli, Cabbage, Kohlrabi, Green Onions and Radish, 9-16-16

Broccoli, Cabbage, Kohlrabi, Green Onions and Radish, 9-16-16

Late Planting of "Derby" Bush Green Beans Almost Ready for Harvest, 9-16-16

Late Planting of “Derby” Bush Green Beans Almost Ready for Harvest, 9-16-16

Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Cabbage, 9-16-16

Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Cabbage, 9-16-16

Two Giant 5 Foot Tall Poblano Pepper Plants, 9-16-16

Two Giant 5 Foot Tall Poblano Pepper Plants, 9-16-16

    


Early Summer Garden Growing Well

Wow, I can’t believe we are almost halfway through June already.  My garden is now fully planted and growing pretty good.  Just as I thought, we went from having too much rain to not enough.  The temperatures have finally become more summer like and the warm season crops are really liking the heat.  Harvest continues on the spring planted lettuce and green onions and the radishes are about finished.  Some of the kohlrabi is almost ready to harvest and the broccoli is starting to head, so it won’t be long before the broccoli harvest starts. The onions are just starting to bulb up, so I have to make sure to keep them well watered for the next 3 weeks or so.  I got my peas planted a little late this year and they have just started to flower and push on new pods. Not sure how well the harvest will be on these this year. The red norland potatoes growing in two of the raised beds are not doing so well this year. Not sure why, but it might have something to do with growing these in the same beds for multiple years now.  The red norland potatoes growing in the three grow bags are doing very well.  The Diva cucumber vines have just started to flower and the roma tomato and pepper plants are just starting to grow with the onset of the warmer temperatures.  The Silver Queen corn is really stating to grow now and is already about 2 feet tall.  I will be starting my seeds of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and kohlrabi  in about another 2 weeks for transplanting out into the garden about the first week of August.

Broccoli Head Starting to Form

Broccoli Head Starting to Form

Early Summer Lettuce Still Growing Well

Early Summer Lettuce Still Growing Well

Pepper Plants Just Stating to Get Some Size

Pepper Plants Just Stating to Get Some Size

Happy Summer Gardening.

    

Garden More than Half Planted, Too Much Friggin Rain

Lettuce and potatoes were planted about 3 weeks ago, the broccoli, kohlrabi, and peas about 2 weeks ago.  I decided not to plant cabbage in the spring because of all of the slugs problems I have had over the years (planting kohlrabi instead because it is my new favorite vegetable).  I will continue to plant cabbage out in the fall.  I was about one week behind schedule on getting the lettuce seedlings transplanted out into the garden, due to the cold and wet weather.  I will be planting out the brussels sprout seedlings hopefully within the next week or so.  The weather has been way too wet for my liking, but there is not much one can do about that.  With favorable weather, I plan on getting my peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and celery seedlings planted within the next 7 to 10 days.  I really need for the soil to dry out a bit in order for me to seed my pole lima beans.  I have been harvesting the overwintered lettuce, radishes, and green onions for over 3 weeks now.  My spring planted lettuce should be big enough to start harvesting some of the outer leaves within the week…..Yea!!  I really enjoy my spring lettuce every year.  Happy Gardening!!

    

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